Online \/\/ Saturday, Dec 12, 8pm November 2020 Editor\u2019s Note: We were honored that Mr. Koz accepted our invitation for a second interview with our head writer Janelle Morrison. We featured Koz in our 2019 December issues and look forward to his return to Carmel in 2021! A live performance by Dave Koz & Friends has become an annual holiday tradition at the Center for Performing Arts for many local residents and fans. Although the pandemic thwarted plans for their 23rd Annual Christmas Tour, the Grammy Award nominee and multiplatinum-selling jazz icon Dave Koz is rounding up a few fellow performers for a Dec. 12 virtual concert event titled \u201cThe Greatest Hits of Christmas 2020.\u201d Joining him for the one-night-only livestream will be Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White, David Benoit and vocalist Rebecca Jade. Fans will be able to enjoy the show on any mobile device from virtually any location, including the comfort and safety of your own home! The ticket price includes online access to the performance for one device as well as digital downloads of Koz\u2019s latest two albums, \u201cA New Day\u201d and \u201cGifts of the Season.\u201d A virtual VIP meet-and-greet option is available, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Starlight Children\u2019s Foundation. A portion of the ticket sales purchased through the Center for the Performing Arts will benefit the Center as well. So, purchase your virtual tickets at thecenterpresents.org\u2014today! For me, personally, the holidays don\u2019t officially begin until I play one of your holiday albums. Understanding that it will look and feel differently this December, share with us how you and your fellow musicians will keep the tradition going, albeit it in a different way. We\u2019ve all tried on new clothes this year\u2014learning how to do things differently because we can\u2019t do them the same as before , and this is a perfect example of that. This would\u2019ve been our 23rd year . My buddies and I talked about it, and we obviously can\u2019t safely tour around the country, so we put our heads together and came up with the next best thing that we can do. And Carmel is one of our favorite stops on this tour, so it\u2019s like we\u2019re not seeing family when we don\u2019t come every year. This is a way for us to get the family together\u2014in a different way\u2014and still share the magic of the season with some music, heartfelt memories, some nostalgia and a whole lot of fun! The pandemic has literally impacted the entire planet and every industry. How have you, personally, been coping and what are your thoughts as we start to look into 2021? Are you hopeful that we\u2019re going to be in a better place this time next year? For me, personally, music has helped me cope during this year. It has been such a difficult year for everybody, and music has a way of soothing, healing and calming in a way that other forms of media just don\u2019t have. So, I have hope this concert will bring a lot of healing and comfort to people during this very difficult holiday season. I do feel, intuitively, that we\u2019re moving towards a better place and\u2014God willing\u20142021 will be a better year for all of us. Your latest album, \u201cA New Day,\u201d is a masterpiece. It\u2019s like the soundtrack to our lives these past eight months. I also think it\u2019s the perfect gift this holiday season, so my readers out there need to pick up a copy! While \u201cThe Closer We Get\u201d is my favorite track from this album, \u201cSummertime in NYC\u201d has an exceptional vibe, and the video is phenomenal as well. You wrote and produced this during the pandemic\u2014what went into creating NYC amid the quarantine? Thank you so much for the beautiful comments about the album. It really was a labor of love for me. It was a milestone because I\u2019ve never made an album completely in quarantine before. It goes against how we normally make albums, which is everybody in a room together, feeding off of each other. We had none of that this time. I wrote \u201cSummertime in NYC\u201d in NYC on March 14. I will always remember that day because it was the day we all kind of realized that our lives were going to significantly change. You collaborated with a star-studded list of musicians on this song and album\u2014including Brian McKnight on vocals for \u201cSummertime in NYC.\u201d We were writing this song about NYC in NYC, which was one of the first places to get hit really hard by the pandemic, and as the world was closing down outside, and instead of going to a place of fear in the studio, we kind of called upon our feel-good music heroes. Bill Withers , we kind of called his spirit into the studio\u2014Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago, my favorite bands\u2014and we put together this feel-good song that almost passed the pandemic to a place where we were beyond it and healing. We had Brian McKnight come in, and he brought a whole level of positivity and fun to the track. We also had Earth, Wind & Fire\u2019s Ralph Johnson come in and play on the track, giving it his blessing, which was nice. It\u2019s been rather quiet at the Palladium as we haven\u2019t had our live headliners come through , so I appreciate you accepting this interview and reminding people that you care and are missing us as much as we\u2019re missing you. We will definitely be tuning in to see you on Dec. 12. I think on some level we will be able to feel the energy coming from Carmel, Indiana, and from that area of the country . The relationship that we have with the venues and audiences that we see every year is one of the things that\u2019s so powerful about Christmas traditions. Every year, we see parents with their kids, and now those kids have kids of their own, so it\u2019s another generation coming to the show every year. That connection that we build with audiences all over the country gets stronger and has proven to be very special to me on a personal level. And we\u2019re not letting the rest of this year fly by without getting a little slice of the holidays with each and every one of our fans across the country. We look forward to a much happier new year ahead, and we will see you\u2014in person\u2014next year if it\u2019s the last thing I do.